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Paul P. Bolus205.521.8402Email
Paul Bolus has been representing insurance company clients for more than 29 years, litigating and managing over 200 cases in federal and state venues across the country. Paul has taken on multimillion-dollar cases, including class action lawsuits, regularly representing insurance companies in litigation dealing with health and life issues in just about every context, including major medical, specified disease, cancer, heart, stroke, disability, life insurance, long-term care insurance, securities, annuities, STOLI, department of insurance complaints and litigation, unfair consumer trade practices, deceptive trade practices and agent accounting litigation.
Laney Gifford is an associate in Bradley’s Litigation Practice Group. Laney graduated (summa cum laude) from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where she served as both student materials editor and junior editor for the Cumberland Law Review. She was a Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow and was named Best Oralist in the Donworth Moot Court Competition. While in law school, Laney received several Scholar of Merit Awards in courses such as Civil Procedure I, Criminal Law, Business Organizations, Constitutional Law I, Professional Responsibilities, Secured Transactions, Representing Small Businesses, Advanced Evidence, Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure, Municipal Courts, and Federal Courts. She also served as a judicial intern for the Hon. R. David Proctor of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Ann Phelps Hill205.521.8360Email
Ann Hill focuses her practice in business litigation and complex litigation. Ann primarily represents insurance companies, litigating cases in federal and state venues. She has handled matters in trial and appellate courts throughout Alabama and across the country. She has been successful in representing her clients in all phases of high-stakes and complex litigation. Ann is a member of the firm’s E-Discovery team and co-chair of the American Bar Association’s pretrial practice and discovery programming committee.
Gary L. Howard205.521.8595Email
Gary Howard has spent his 25-five year career litigating across the country on behalf of insurers in class actions; fraud and bad-faith cases; and contract, agent and lost-profits disputes. He prides himself on an in-depth understanding of his clients’ businesses and on building mutual trust between himself and those at all levels within his clients’ organizations. Gary is active in insurance trade and bar associations, such as ALIC and ACLI, and often serves a speaker or author on insurance-related topics.
Kristina Allen Reliford615.252.3573Email
Kristina’s experience includes serving as lead associate on a trial team representing an Indian consulting firm in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation, including taking and defending depositions, preparing trial witnesses, drafting motions in limine and arguing pre-trial motions. She also represented a global health information technology corporation in federal court litigation alleging trade secret misappropriation and false advertising, as well as successfully negotiated a patent invalidity declaratory judgment matters in federal court.
Darrell C. Tucker II205.521.8356Email
Darrell Tucker is focused on representing construction, insurance, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies in commercial disputes, class actions and mass tort litigation. Darrell is known for his ability to understand the industry-specific details inherent in the often multi-faceted process of complex litigation. He represents his clients in numerous states, counseling them on risk management, litigation-related due diligence, and preparing and defending witnesses for depositions. He represents life, health, and disability insurers in disputes concerning denials of benefits (including life, disability, long term care, and cancer benefits), rescission and termination issues, ERISA claims, insurance fraud, interpleader actions, insurance agent/agency termination and compensation claims, and class actions involving insurance policy terms and determination of claims.
Jason A. Walters205.521.8372Email
Jason Walters is a life, health and disability insurance litigator, serving as lead counsel for multiple Fortune 500 insurance and financial services companies in class actions, individual litigation, and arbitration. Jason’s experience runs the gamut. He has defended cases involving all types of life insurance, annuities, long-term disability, cancer, critical illness, long-term care, and major medical insurance policies, including actions involving group policies governed by ERISA.